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Welcome to my  QRZ.COM page - WA1HGS

Thanks for uploading to LOTW  - I hate waiting :) 


I have been a ham for a long time. I got my Novice License in 1966 as WN1HGS. I am now 65 and retired.

I am currently using a Yaesu FT-857D transceiver. I operate mostly PSK-31 using a Signalink USB into a 64 bit Windows 7 desktop with an AMD Phenom II X4 945 processor at 3.0 GHz with 4GB memory. I run Ham Radio Deluxe and Digital Master 780 software. Below is a picture of my station setup.

I QSL via eQSL and LOTW. I have just recently gotten back into ham radio and am enjoying the hobby very much. I like the digital modes and the integration with the PC and web based services like eQSL, LOTW and the QRZ.COM data based info. Just recently completed WAS using PSK-31, still got a long way to go for DXCC  maybe someday. 

Recently got a Radioddity GD-77 dual band DMR hand held and a SharkRF Openspot. Having fun on DMR, the sound quality is excellent and is a lot of fun. I don't live near a DMR repeater so the Openspot is my gateway ot DMR.

On DMR I enjoy working Hams from across the world  in a more relaxed conversational manner as there are no propagation worries as the quality of Digital Voice is so good. If you haven't tried DMR yet you should think about getting a low cost DMR hand held and giving it a try.  

I live in the small town of Tall Timbers ( Pop. 462) on Piney Point Creek just off the Potomac River in Southern Maryland.              

My QTH just off the Potomac River


Piney Point Light on the Potomac River

Piney Point Light built in 1836 is on the Potomac River in Southern Maryland nearby my QTH. You can see the lighthouse under the "Detail's Tab " above - click "show map" then click on  "satellite view"  Zoom out a bit and it is just to the South at the end of Piney Point  - Zoom in for a better top down view of the lighthouse!

Here is a picute of the end fed dipole that I strung up to a pine tree in the backyard. The small gray box attached to the porch is the balun and the 59 foot longwire runs out to the trees. I am using 50 ft of coax as a counterpoise before being attached to a line isolator/rf choke and a lightening arrestor then on into the shack. I'm using the end fed because of its small foot print -its pretty hard to see.

The dipole runs North-South and works well from 80 through 6 meters.

Between Piney Point Creek behind my house and the Potomac River I'm hoping the salt water makes for a good ground plane.

Sunrise on Piney Point Creek.

Autumn  afternoon on Piney Point Creek

Living in Southern Maryland almost demands you get out there on the water, in addition to ham radio,

I enjoy sailing on the Potomac.








 Member St. Mary's County Amateur Radio Association






























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United States Counties Award#2301
Granted: 2016-07-20 13:02:02   (WA1HGS)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
United States Award#1799
Granted: 2016-02-06 06:00:02   (WA1HGS)

  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#9461
Granted: 2015-06-19 04:10:02   (WA1HGS)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#1990
Granted: 2015-02-09 05:10:02   (WA1HGS)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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